[Rd] R 3.0, Rtools3.0,l Windows7 64-bit, and permission agony

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Sat Apr 20 22:31:14 CEST 2013

On 13-04-20 2:39 PM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 2:21 PM, Duncan Murdoch
> <murdoch.duncan at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 13-04-20 2:02 PM, Kevin Coombes wrote:
>>> On 4/20/2013 12:54 PM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>>>> On 13-04-20 12:30 PM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
>>>>> On Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM, Duncan Murdoch
>>>>> <murdoch.duncan at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> On 13-04-20 11:09 AM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
>>>>>>> On Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM, Hadley Wickham <h.wickham at gmail.com>
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> Just curious:  how often do you use the Windows find command?
>>>>>>>>>> We have
>>>>>>>>>> put
>>>>>>>>>> instructions in place for people to run the install process with a
>>>>>>>>>> renamed
>>>>>>>>>> Rtools find command (which I think is the only conflict). The
>>>>>>>>>> issue is
>>>>>>>>>> that
>>>>>>>>>> more users who want to use the command line commands are
>>>>>>>>>> familiar with
>>>>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>>>>> Unix variant (which came first, by the way) than the Windows
>>>>>>>>>> one, so
>>>>>>>>>> renaming the Rtools one would cause trouble for more people.
>>>>>>>>> Its not just find - its also sort. And really R has no business
>>>>>>>>> clobbering built in Windows commands. This is just wrong and really
>>>>>>>>> causes anyone who does any significant amount of Windows batch
>>>>>>>>> programming (or uses batch programs of any complexity) endless
>>>>>>>>> problems.
>>>>>>>> Which is presumably why Rtools doesn't modify the path by default.
>>>>>>>> Better solutions (e.g. Rstudio and devtools) temporarily set the path
>>>>>>>> on when you're calling R CMD *.
>>>>>>> I am well aware of the various kludges to address this including my
>>>>>>> own batchfiles ( http://batchfiles.googlecode.com ) which handles this
>>>>>>> by temporarily changing the path as well; however, the real problem is
>>>>>>> that Rtools does not play nice with Windows and that needs to be
>>>>>>> addressed directly.
>>>>>> It has been.  You ignored it.
>>>>>> Duncan Murdoch
>>>>> If some change to address this has been made that would be great but
>>>>> there is no mention of it on the Rtools page in the change history
>>>>> section (the only documented change relates to the png/tiff/jpeg
>>>>> libraries), there was no announcement that I saw and Rtools\bin still
>>>>> contains find and sort so what specifically is the change?
>>>> It's not a change to Rtools, it's a change is to the build system in
>>>> R:  it allows you to rename sort or find in your own copy of Rtools,
>>>> and R will use whatever you specify.  You were informed of this when I
>>>> did it in 2007, and I've mentioned it when the topic comes up here,
>>>> most recently in the message quoted above.  That's a long time ago, so
>>>> I don't remember if you tried it then, but I've never heard a
>>>> complaint from anyone else that it doesn't work.
>>>> Duncan Murdoch
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>>> How do you do that?  (More explicitly, what steps would I have to take
>>> to redefine things like find.exe and sort.exe in Rtools so that R would
>>> know how to find them and use them? I can't figure that out from the
>>> earlier parts of these messages.)
>> Rename them to whatever you want in the Rtools install, then edit the
>> definitions.  I think currently they are in src/gnuwin32/Makefile and
>> src/gnuwin32/MkRules (one in each), but I'd suggest you just search files
>> named M* for the strings "sort" and "find", in case I've got it wrong, or it
>> has changed since the last time I looked.
>> If you try to build R itself rather than just packages, you may need to do
>> more edits, because some of the makefiles for things like the jpeg libraries
>> weren't written by us, and may have these commands hard-coded.
> Are you suggesting that R itself be rebuild?  Rtools be rebuilt?  Some
> clarity on this and the process to do it would be helpful.  I was
> really looking for a way to do this with an out of the box R
> installation since from a practical viewpoint few are going to want to
> build their own software.

No. No. Can't help you. So?

Duncan Murdoch

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